Our Team


Daniel Bryant
Managing Partner, Sheridan Road Financial

Daniel Bryant is the Chief Executive Officer and a Managing Partner of Sheridan Road Financial (“Sheridan Road”). Sheridan Road is one a leading institutional investment consulting firm focused primarily on corporate and executive compensation retirement plans. The Company oversees approximately $10 billion in assets for 250 companies, representing more than 250,000 employees. Daniel is responsible for the business and strategic development of the firm, as well as, the management of the firm’s regional offices in Chicago, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, and Tampa. Prior to founding Sheridan Road, Daniel was a senior investment banker at a number of investment banks, including Robertson Stephens in San Francisco, Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette in Chicago, and worked in corporate finance for Sam Zell’s The Equity Group. During his investment banking career, Daniel was named as one of the forty under forty most influential technology investment bankers in the country by Red Herring Magazine. Daniel graduated from Dartmouth College and Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Daniel is active in many civic, philanthropic, and business organizations including The Economic Club of Chicago, the Executive’s Club of Chicago, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Association for Corporate Growth, and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Daniel has been a long-time supporter of both The Art Institute and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently is on the Board of Governors of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Daniel is Chairman of the Inner Club 503 and on the New Member Commission for the Chicago Club. He is on the Board of A Better Chicago, a venture philanthropy fund focused on education issues, the Board of the Winter Club of Lake Forest as well as on the Board of the Frist Museum for the Visual Arts, in Nashville. Daniel also founded the Chicago Street Project, a predecessor to Chicago Cares, a national volunteer organization with offices throughout the country. Daniel is also active with his alma maters, serving as Dartmouth’s District Enrollment Director of Admissions for Chicago, Co-Chair of the Dartmouth Alumni Windy City Forum and on the Alumni Advisory Board for Northwestern University.


Ryan Harris
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

Ryan Harris is a partner in the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis and is based in the Firm’s Chicago office.  Ryan represents private equity funds and their portfolio companies and a variety of other public and private companies.  Ryan’s practice focuses in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments and corporate finance, as well as general corporate representation. Ryan received his B.A. from Emory University, his Masters from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from Northwestern University’s School of Law.


Louise Hayes
Assistant State’s Attorney

Louise Bryant Hayes is an Assistant State’s Attorney at the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office in Waukegan, IL. Louise has been a prosecutor for over 20 years. She is a member of the Lake County Bar Association and the Inns of Court, Jefferson Inn chapter. Louise is a board member of Arden Shore, which works to rebuild children’s lives in a caring community, and chairs Board Development for Waukegan to College, which prepares first-generation students for college. Louise is an active member of Saint Mary’s parish in Lake Forest where she is a leader in a women’s guild circle, and also volunteers with the soup kitchen and meals on wheels. She received her B.A. from Purdue University and a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.